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Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy. Earlier this month, the Associated Press profiled the energy activities of Nassau, NY, which is which is near Albany. The town was buffeted by ice storms in 2008 and 2009. The genesis of the   …Continue Reading

District Heating Pipe System from CPV

Carl Weinschenk

CPV Ltd., a company based in the United Kingdom, has introduced what it terms a “next generation” district heating pipe system, according to Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production. The Hiline GRE system includes a service pipe that is encased in a layer of bonded polyurethane foam and a protective outer casing, according to the story.   …Continue Reading

Duquesne Light Building Experimental Microgrid

Carl Weinschenk

Duquesne Light, a Pittsburgh power company with 620,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties, will build and operate an experimental microgrid at its Woods Run facility along the Ohio River. The story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that planning began after the city signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy in July to   …Continue Reading

District Energy Firm Veolia Becomes Incubator Sponsor

Carl Weinschenk

Veolia North America, a Boston-area district energy provider, has become a sponsor of Somerville’s Greentown Labs. Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech incubator in the country, according to Veolia. As a Terawatt Sponsor, Veolia will provide incubator participants with access to experience and advice. Veolia provides environmentally-friendly district energy steam to the downtown Boston/Cambridge area.   …Continue Reading

NRG to Build, Market Combined Heat and Power System in Pittsburgh

Carl Weinschenk

NRG Energy is adding a combined heat and power (CHP) element to the northside district energy system it operates in Pittsburgh, according to the Pennsylvania Business Daily. A spokesperson said that the idea is to create “what is essentially a microgrid” in the existing system. The story says that NRG will market the system to   …Continue Reading

GE, Coachella Energy Building a Big Lithium-Ion Battery

Carl Weinschenk

General Electric and Coachella Energy Storage Partners will build a $38 million battery for the Imperial Irrigation District in California. The 30-megawatt power source will be one of the largest lithium-ion batteries in the state, according to The Desert Sun. The project’s genesis was a blackout in September, 2011, which impacted 2.7 million people and   …Continue Reading

District Energy Development in Pittsburgh

Linda Hardesty

Grant Ervin, sustainability manager for they city of Pittsburgh, talks about district energy as an economic benefit in the city’s new real estate developments. In July, the city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy to develop a clean energy plan focused on district energy systems.

Pittsburgh Embarks on District Energy Plan

Linda Hardesty

The city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy to develop a clean energy plan focused on district energy systems. DOE’s local branch of its National Energy Technology Laboratory will share resources and guide university researchers in crafting a long-term plan for district energy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   …Continue Reading

Combining Solar with Ground Heat Pump Is Energy, Cost Efficient

Karen Henry

The energy- and cost-efficiency of buildings and areas can be improved by combining a ground heat pump with solar heating, according to the results of a project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT used ecological hybrid solutions to enhance the efficiency of heat and electricity production in buildings and found that a   …Continue Reading

Vancouver to Build District Energy Plant Powered by Biofuel

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver, Canada, is building a district energy plant and will require that new buildings in most areas of the downtown peninsula be connected to it, reports the Vancouver Sun. Creative Energy Canada Platforms has won the contract to build the new district energy plant on a large piece of city-owned land. The new plant will   …Continue Reading